Evaluating bowel and mesenteric trauma on CT

Bowel injury often cannot be detected directly—but indirect signs are very important because the patient may need surgery. Learn more about diagnosing bowel and mesenteric injury on CT scans from our expert.

Michael Hartung, MD
Michael Hartung, MD
8th Aug 2022 • 1m read

Bowel and mesenteric injury can be caused by either blunt or penetrating trauma. They may be hard to spot but it’s crucial for your patient’s outcome not to miss any signs. In this lesson, you’ll learn what you need to be on the lookout for when you suspect bowel injury.

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After attending this course, you will master the essentials of abdominopelvic trauma CT interpretation and feel comfortable reviewing studies on your own. You will recognize and characterize solid organ, bowel, vascular injuries, and fractures as well as become familiar with patterns of injury involving multiple systems. Your skills will be solidified with case study reviews of complex polytrauma.

Build upon your Abdominal CT Essentials skills and use CT to evaluate for injuries including polytrauma, fractures, and solid organ trauma.